Rich Cinnabar (classic locale) Sanabria Coll.

Pozo de San Teodoro, Almaden, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
11.3 x 6.8 x 6.0 cm
Start Time: 08/08/2019 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 08/16/2019 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Juicy sharp cherry-red cinnabar crystals, to 7 mm, are dramatically clustered on two rich patches on the sculptural large matrix. The wine-red to blood-red gemmy crystals GLOW, when back lit! This is large, rich and showy old-time mercury ore from the historic mines at Almaden. Cinnabar/mercury mining started here before 5000 B.C. for red pigment and the world's largest mercury deposit has produced one-third of the total world production. See the recent fine Mineralogical Record Almaden Special Issue, January-February, 2019, Vol. 50, No. 1. Classic, rich, large high quality Almaden cinnabar from the Sanabria Collection.